edu180atl: billy peebles 9.13.12
I love working with ninth graders. I love their spontaneity, their candor, their openness, their occasional irreverence!
In our most recent “People of the Book” class, students were asked to share their perspectives on Gandhi’s belief about how we might understand God more fully. Their insights about Gandhi are profound. Here are some of the most notable:
1. To understand God, one’s life must correspond with God’s will for us.
2. As we connect with the poor, we receive a clearer vision of God.
3. We must put aside egotism and the desire for material things to comprehend our Creator more fully.
4. As we face up squarely to our shortcomings and flaws, our understanding of God deepens.
5. Suffering provides a painful but sure pathway to a firmer grasp of selfhood and of God.
6. Violence of spirit and body do nothing but separate us from God.
One student offered that we garner a better understanding of God’s nature by being ever “selfless, truthful, nonviolent.” Another student said that for Gandhi, “love and truth go together” with God and to understand all three in unity, one must be able to “undergo suffering without returning violence or hate.”
Students that give such great voice to Gandhi’s vision of God’s everlasting love and integrity offer me an exciting glimpse of the depth of our upcoming discussions about other founders and refounders of faith and transformational movements.
About the author:Billy Peebles is in his 10th year as Headmaster at the Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia.